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Food and Wine in the Time of Michelangelo

Michelangelo chalk drawing
Nourishing Genius: Food and Wine in the Time of Michelangelo


Grocery list by Michelangleo
EnlargeThree Grocery Lists with Sketches(detail), 1518, Michelangelo Buonarroti, pen and brown ink. Archivio Buonarroti, X, 578, Casa Buonarroti, Florence, Italy
Date: Sunday, October 4, 2020
Time: 2:00 p.m. PT; 5:00 p.m. ET
Location: Getty's YouTube channel
Admission: Free; no registration necessary
(cost of optional wine and food pairings noted below are approximate) 

Michelangelo was wined and dined at the tables of popes and patrons. He also owned a vineyard, a cheese cave, and an orchard. Join Fred Plotkin, specialist in Italian gastronomy, opera, and history, and Getty drawings curator Julian Brooks as they travel back in time to explore the fascinating connections between art, food, drink, and this incomparable Italian Renaissance artist. 

Then, raise a glass to Michelangelo and discover select wines from Tuscany, Lazio, and Umbria in the virtual tasting. Audiences can live chat with presenters during the premiere. This program is part of the Drinking in the Past series and complements the exhibition Michelangelo: Mind of the Master

The Wine
Discover three wines that would have been familiar to Michelangelo. Get all three in advance, select one, or just grab a glass of whatever you have at home – preferably Italian! 

• Principe Pallavicini Frascati Superiore 2018 - $13.99 
70% Malvasia del Lazio, 15% Trebbiano della Toscana, 15% Greco – Lazio, Italy 

• Villa di Capezzana Carmignano 2015 - $31.99 
80% Sangiovese and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon – Toscana, Italy 

• Bellafonte Collenottolo Montefalco Sagrantino 2013 - $53.99 
100% Sagrantino – Umbria, Italy

• Non-alcoholic beverage: Acqua di Fiuggi bottled water 

Other Frascati, Carmignano, and Sagrantino options are welcomed. Order wines through your local wine shops or national online retailers (prices are approximate). 

The Food
Enjoy some tasty Italian cheese and bread with your wine (Michelangelo did). We suggest: 

• Cheese: Pecorino di Pienza, Pecorino di Siena, Pecorino Romano, and/or Marzolino 

• Bread: Pane Casareccio (Roman rustic), Pane Sciocco (Tuscan unsalted) and/or other Italian bread 

• Fruit: Pears (Forelle or San Martino), peaches, plums, and/or grapes 

The Fun
Explore this downloadable pdf for wine notes, tasting cards, and a few Renaissance etiquette tips to get the festivities started. 

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Banner: Left: Studies of the Upper Body of a Man, and Separate Studies of an Arm, a Hand, and an Ear; Sketch of a tree (detail), 1511–1512, Michelangelo Buonarroti, red and black chalk. Right: Seated Male Nude, and a Study of His Right Arm (detail), 1511, Michelangelo Buonarroti, red chalk, heightened with white. Both images: Teylers Museum, Haarlem. Purchased in 1790. © Teylers Museum, Haarlem 
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Przewalski Horse and Wild Thing Zinfandel

Got Time?



From The New York Times, Science Section
"How Conservationists Kept These horses Standing Strong"


The Przewalski Horse is the only horse species that has never been domesticated, and also managed to narrowly escape a brush with extinction.

By 1969, agriculture, hunting and a sting of sever winters had caused the species to disappear from its last range in Mongolia. some horses survived in captivity but in the 1960s, they were being inbred to the point of no return. The horse was saved, however, by a captive breeding program in zoos and by conservationists who reintroduced it back to Mongolia in the 1990s. Today, more that 760 Przewalski Horses roam Mongolia.

As the horse's story exemplifies, extinctions are not inevitable. Since 1993, conservation efforts have saved up to 48 mammal and birds species from extinction, a new study says. Without such efforts, extinction rates for mammals and birds over the past 27 years would be there to four times as high.

Your Ponder Species Conservation With Wine:
2016 Wild Thing Old Vine Zinfandel by Carol Shelton, $21

Again, trying the new is good but don't forget the classics. 
This is Carol Shelton, the widely recognized Master of Zin!


2016 Carol Shelton


92 points Wine Spectator

Spirited and zesty, with lively cherry and smoky cracked pepper flavors
that frolic on the long finish toward well-groomed tannins.  

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Chemins de Bassac

** Big Deal of The Week **

Just to clarify, @MetroWines a deal is not just a low priced bottle.
A deal is a bottle that is extraordinary for the price!

From Chemins de Bassac
Bottles from our featured winery are offered by an old estate, created in the 19th century,
which has been a part of the shadows and light of the long saga of winemaking in the Languedoc region.
It has achieved recognition through years of effort nourished by enthusiasm for wine 
and the conviction that this soil harbors a noble character. The estate now covers twenty hectares
and is one of the most beautiful estate in Languedoc.
Bassac is a hamlet where the roads around are an an invitation to stroll over sunny hillsides 
with olive trees, vines, oaks and cypress trees…

RAIZ« Blanc, IGP Côtes de Thongue - Weinhalle

Les Chemins de Bassac RAIZ Blanc, $16.99
Roussanne/Viognier blend is overflowing with juicy tropical fruits - starfruit, passionfruit 
with hints of floral aromatics. A crisp bite of acidity brightens up the finish. $16.99

Les Chemins de Bassac RAIZ Rouge $16.99

Organic: Certified Organic, Certified Vegan
Soil type:  Limestone-clay originating from ancient Quaternary alluvial terraces
Grapes: Grenache 16%, Syrah 30%, Mourvèdre 22%, Cabernet Sauvignon 12% and Pinot Noir 20%
Wild yeast fermentation lasting 20 - 30 days. Fermented in enameled lined cement tanks.

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Big Red of Week: Decero Cabernet

*** BIG RED of the WEEK ***
Decero Remolinos Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

The signature wines of Decero are three varietal wines: Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah.
As with each of the wines of Finca Decero, they bear the distinct hallmark of our unique Remolinos Vineyard. The tapestry of soils enabled us to plant the vines on the soil most suited to each variety, helping each wine show their classic varietal expression. Located at the highest part of the Agrelo (3500ft), Remolinos Vineyard experiences distinctly cool nights which are felt in the fresh acidity and overall elegance of the wines.
The subtle nuances of these wines reflect the year-round, attention to detail across the Finca Decero estate.
In contrast to traditionally heavier styles of wine from Argentina, Decero has carved out a distinct profile
as elegant, balanced wines which are extremely well suited to food pairing.  2017 Decero Cabernet Sauvignon has classic notes of cassis and some cherry and red fruit flavors with fresh acidity. The wine has supple integrated tannins, from 14 months in french oak barrels. An elegant style of Cabernet Sauvignon.

$17.99 @MetroWines

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MetroNorth in Reynolds Village


MetroNorth is OPEN at 105 Reynolds Village

Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 4 to 6pm

*** 828-424-7411 ***

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Wine, Beer, Sparkling Water, Riedel Glasses and Fine Foods!


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Blind Tasting League on Facebook LIVE

News Release: September 21st, 2020
About: Blind Tasting League on Facebook Live
The Blind Tasting League with Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of Wine @MetroWines, goes LIVE online Wednesday, October 21st at 5:30 via Facebook LIVE. Join in the process of deductive reasoning used by wine experts to determine what's in the glass. Andy will present two wines and work with you through the process because he doesn't know what's in the glass either!
"The past two months have been very well attended," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "Please tell friends wherever they live as you can logon from anywhere!"
Participants do not need to register, sign up or pay for the event. All you do is logon to our Facebook page at 5:30 on October 21st. Go here:
"This is a great way to learn the deductive process of blind tasting with no pressure," says Gina Trippi. "You don't need any previous experience and Andy has prepared videos and educational materials to get you started down the road of wine knowledge." Get a head start here:
If you are interested in purchasing the wines to be tasted, you can purchase the two wines by calling (828) 575-9525 @MetroWines. The wines will be concealed in brown paper bags so no looking! And don't tell Andy anything!
Contact for Blind Tasting League: Andy Hale 
 at 828-575-9525 or

Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi

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Do the Different with Céline Red Blend

From The MetroWines
"Step Outside Your Comfort Zone Department"
Savio Soares Selections 18.99 11.5ALC


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2019 40% Chardonnay, 40% Gamay, 20% Mondeuse.
Gradually, over four generations, the estate has been built up in this rugged terrain.
There are three main soil types, each matched with its best corresponding varietal:
 the soils of the Montagnieu area are white marl clay, perfect for Altess (Roussette)
and Mondeuse; the silica and limestone soils of moraine hillside slopes perfect for Chardonnay;
and finally the clay and limestone mountain scree soils where Pinot Noir excels.

Teaching Moment: What's scree? Scree is a collection of broken rock fragments at the base of crags,
mountain cliffs, volcanoes or valley shoulders that has accumulated through periodic rockfall
from adjacent cliff faces. Landforms associated with these materials are often called talus deposits.

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New Guinea Singing Dog and Tyrrells Semillon

Almost In Memoriam!


Ancient breed of singing dog re-emerges in Indonesia after being believed  to be extinct for 50 years | Daily Mail Online


A New Guinea Singing Dog, a dingo like animal with a unique howling style,
was considered extinct in the wild. But scientists reported recently, based on DNA,
that the dogs live on! The New Guinea dog is closely related to the Australian Dingo.

Let's Celebrate with an Australian Wine!
(Seasonal Drinkers Heads UP)

Not the first time we have recommended Tyrell's Semillon. As days grow cooler,
because of the heavier palate feel (see below), this is the perfect transitional white wine. 

*** And this versatile, crowd pleaser only has 10% ALC! ***

Sourced from a small selection of Semillon blocks, the grapes were both hand
and machine picked before gentle pressing and fermentation in stainless steel tanks.
Wine then spent a few months on yeast lees to gain extra complexity and palate feel.
The Hunter Valley Semillon has a lifted nose showing citrus freshness,
the palate continues with fresh citrus and concentrated grapefruit flavors.
The palate is light to medium bodied with a perfect balance of fruit and soft acid.
Distinctive and refreshing, featuring bright, crisp lemony flavors, some saline. 

Tyrrell's Hunter Valley Semillon 2019  Front Label

Out of Stock at Gary's. Just as well. It was $20.50
*** $18.99 @MetroWines ***

Need another reason to support Australia? After Australia requested China
give more information about COVID, a trade war erupted
between the two countries with Australian Wine becoming a bargaining chip.

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Grüner, Austria, and Scheu

From The MetroWines Gift Idea Department
and The Embassy of Austria in Washington DC 

Born in Vienna, Elizabeth “Lisl” Scheu Close (1912–2011) left an indelible mark
on Minnesota’s built landscape during her six decades as an architect. In 1938, with her husband,
Winston Close, she founded the state’s first architecture firm dedicated to modernism.
In addition to designing the first International Style house in Minneapolis,
the firm also created more than 250 handsome and efficiently planned modern residences.
One of the few women who were practicing architects in the mid-twentieth century,
she blazed a trail for future generations of women in the profession.

Your Gift it With Austrian Wine
Well structured, built to last.  This Grüner presents the characteristics of the best Grüner Veltliners.
Lightly perfumed, bone dry and full bodied, high acidity and notes of spice and white pepper.
Hints of citrus fruit flavors of lemon, lime and grapefruit. The real thing!

Weingut Roland Minkowitsch – RM WEINGUT
2018 Grüner Veltliner

*** $13.99 ***

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Palmira for the Weekend

*** The Big DEAL of The Week ***
2018 Palmira Rosso, Venezia Giulia, from Visintini


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Importer says: Palmira, Oliviero and Cinzia Visintini are wine geeks of the best kind.
You can see Slovenia from their farm, it’s the next line of low hills on the horizon, 6km away.
Their grandfather Domenico Visintini bought the estate and its ruined medieval tower in 1884.
A portion of the original 13th century cellar is full with Palmira Visintini’s personal wine stash! 

Certified Organic. Practicing Biodynamic. Beautiful ruby ​​red color in glass.
Good red fruit on nose and plate.
 Accessible taste with soft, pleasant tannins.

13% ALC. $12.99

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Emma Peel and Chateau la Grolet

In Memoriam
Emma Peel


OK. I know Diana Rigg is much more than The Avengers but, come on,
she WAS and IS Emma Peel. A pioneer!

Before there was a Wonder Woman, a Bionic Woman, a Tomb Raider, a Mulan!!
there was Emma Peel, there was Diana Rigg.

Diana Rigg, Emma Peel of 'The Avengers,' Dies at 82 - The New York Times

Celebrate the Life and Work of One of the Greats
With a bottle that is tall, lean, dark, powerful and a persuasive class act.

Côtes de Bourg
Chateau la Grolet 2017 Bordeaux, $25
70%Merlot, 15%Cabernet Sauvignon, 10%Cabernet Franc and 5%Malbec

The 2017 Château La Grolet is another outstanding success. It's a deep, meaty Bordeaux 
with dark cherry, blackberry, sweet rose aromatics and flavors, a juicy,
classically structured palate, and long, driven close.

Soldier ON Diana

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Sandy Cove Sauvignon Blanc

Brett's New Find of the Week!


Winery Tasting Notes for 2019
This wine is elegant and restrained while still undeniably Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. 
It has that grassy element we love from New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, 
but it's a little less aggressive and perhaps rounder and richer in flavor than most.
All good: Certified Sustainable Farming, Minimal Intervention, Recyled Glass! 12.55 ALC.


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France Online

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Nina Simone and Double Canyon Red

North Carolina Home of Nina Simone Gets Permanent Protection
The music of Nina Simone, which spanned several genres including jazz and R&B,
helped define the civil rights movement. She died in 2003 at the age of 70.

Celebrate Nina with a wine that is smooth,
velvety, sultry and a contender!

*** The Big Red of The Week ***
Double Canyon Horse Heaven Hills 
2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, Washington State, $22

Review: 2016 Double Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon Horse Heaven Hills -  Drinkhacker


The 2016 Double Canyon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon expresses great depth and concentration of flavors,
with a long, generous palate that opens up on the entry. Deep, dark garnet in the glass, aromas of red currant
and coffee beans are joined alongside hints of polished leather, caramel cassis and pine.
The palate has a bright entry, moderate tannins with pleasing length and complexity, and an elegant finish.
The flavor profile is characteristic of our estate vineyard, displaying notes of cherries, red fruit, and rose hips.

 JEB DUNNUCK, 94 Points
Our 90-acre parcel is planted to 1,850 vines per acre, exceeding typical Washington standards;
this high density of vines produces less fruit on each individual vine, thus increasing overall quality.
The vineyard is planted to a range of different Cabernet Sauvignon clones that have been selected
for the characteristics they have displayed from our site over the past decade of winegrowing.
The fruit is hand-harvested and we perform daily pump overs for extraction.
Once fermentation is accomplished, the wine is aged in French oak barrels for 18 months.

To Nina! May her voice, piano and legacy live on forever!

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Open Wine Bottle?

Didn't Finish the Bottle? No Problem.
John Kerr of The Asheville School of Wine @MetroWines
** for Capital at Play **

Is your Greyhound a Snob? | Carol's Canine Training

"After the Bottle is Opened"

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Hero: Dog. Wine.

This is (also) What a Hero Looks Like


*** KUNO ***

Celebrate the bravery, commitment and courage of KUNO with a wine from a winery
that has been through some battles and maintained their commitment to their goal of quality.
de Lorimier, Preston Ranch, Alexander Valley, 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon.

** deLorimier is The Big RED of The Week **

Bravery medal for hero British Army dog that took out an Al Qaeda sniper

deLorimier Winery, located in Alexander Valley, is part of the Wilson Artisan Wineries.
While deLorimier escaped, two of the other wineries in the group were destroyed in the California Fires. 
deLorimier Winery has been practicing sustainable farming techniques for many years.
Wilson Artisan Wineries works toward the goal toward continued  sustainability offering quality wines
along with a commitment to the environment for the benefit of future generations. Sustainable practices
are realized in many forms, but primarily through water conservation, recycling, use of organic growing practices including encouraging pest control through attracting raptors in our vineyards.

Deepest crimson like a rare red diamond, this wine shines with vitality.  The swirl releases faceted aromas
of black currant, light tobacco, toasted oak and hints of chocolate torte.  The firm acidity and strong tannins
fill the palate with a juiciness, while a pale violet compound soothes.  This perfect compound
of acidity and tannins blend for form this classic Alexander Valley Cabernet.  $27

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Clean Food and Wine

On the Shelf at Malaprops now. Details here:

By a superstar nineteen-year-old activist and motivational speaker,
a unique cookbook and inspiring guide that combines 80 delicious, wholesome,
super-powered plant-based recipes with a "7 points of power" manifesto to inspire
the next generation toward self-reflection, critical thinking and unlearning toxic ideas.

You need a wine that will pair with all your new ingredients and cooking techniques!
Something organic. Something clean. Something versatile. Something delightful. And low ALC!

Your Serve It With Wine
** and BIG White Deal of The Week**

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100% Malvasia. Minerality. Touch floral on the nose but not too fruity on the palate.
Not too acidic. Balanced. 12.5% ALC. And DRY! All steel. Made on a Family Farm.
Castello di Torre in Pietra’s umbrella pine trees and cool underground caves, excavated into the tufa
of a hillside in the 16th century, are an oasis from the torrid heat of Lazio in July. Perfetta!

** Certified organic. $10.99 **

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Port is Forever (almost)

 In Memoriam

New York Times Called it a FINAL on TV Listings

And Coupon clipping is Fading into the Past

Let's  mourn this paper passing with a wine that has been with us for centuries
and will be around for centuries more! Lasting. Dependable. Dessert. Indulgent!

Quinta Do Infantado Porto Ruby rouge |
This is an organic Ruby Port made in the traditional way. The house style is “meio-seco” (medium-dry)
so while this is definitely a sweet wine, its not syrupy or jammy. The Quinta has been owned
by the same family for over 100 years.The vineyards are steep and terraced. The port is estate bottled.
They usually blend 2 or 3 vintages to achieve the signature house style. Lots of plum and berry fruit
is balanced with nice structured acidity and tannins.  Pair with goat cheese or dark chocolate! $22.

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Tango with Catena!


The annual World Tango Championship is usually held in Buenos Aires,
but this year it took place online because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Instead of competing in crowded dance halls, couples submitted video footage
of them performing their intricate steps at home or in the street.

Icart Art Deco Fashion Lady Greyhound Dogs Coursing by Louis | Etsy

If you want IN, start practicing for The 2021 Competition!
Get in the mood. 
Your Dance the Night Away Wine: Catena 2015 Malbec
So many are going crazy for the new stuff, but much like Tango, Cantena is classic.
Always, balanced, structured, impressive, lush and SEXY!


Catena Malbec | Astor Wines & Spirits
Winemaker Says

Catena Malbec presents a deep violet color with purple reflections. This microclimate blend
of four unique vineyards offers intense aroma, soft texture and concentrated flavor.
Deep aromas of ripe red and dark fruits are joined by delicate violet and lavender notes,
with traces of vanilla and mocha. A rich, concentrated mouthfeel is highlighted by flavors of blueberries
and blackberries with a touch of leather and cinnamon. The wine has well-integrated tannins,
bright acidity and a flinty minerality that provides exceptional length to the finish. 

James Suckling Says 92 Points
Aromas of blackberry and walnut with hints of flowers. Medium body,
focused and bright with dried fruit and just a hint of mushroom in the aftertaste. Drink now.

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate Says 91 Points
The impressive 2015 Catena Malbec is subtle, balanced and elegant mixing fruit from many different zones.
This is a complex blend that showcases the typicity of Malbec in the province of Mendoza
with perfumed notes of violets and black cherries, and a touch of spices. The palate has great balance,
elegance and subtleness with very fine tannins. Great value for money.

WE SAY $22

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MetroWines YouTube Channel


News Release: Sunday, September 6th, 2020

About: MetroWines YouTube Channel
MetroWines, while waiting for social distancing restrictions to ease and preparing for the colder months, is offering online wine and food education on YouTube. Our Youtube Channel is home to videos by Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of Wine @MetroWines, and Brett Watson, Wine Buyer @MetroWines focusing on wine varietals and styles as well as food and wine pairings.
MetroWines also has several new video series set for the coming months, the first of which is "Flash in the Pan," a monthly feature that will focus on recipes from MetroWines Staff and area chefs together with wine pairings by MetroWines Sommeliers. "Our staff has a combined restaurant food service experience of nearly twenty years!" says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "The focus of our dishes will be on what you can do quickly easily and deliciously in a cast iron skillet using food products from MetroWines."
And subscribe to our channel to stay up with the latest from MetroWines.
Contact for MetroWiners: Gina Trippi
Contact for MetroWines Youtube Channel: Zach Edison
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